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Operational response simulation tool for epidemics within refugee and IDP settlements 1

Operational response simulation tool for epidemics within refugee and IDP settlements

The spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 presents many challenges to healthcare systems and infrastructures across the world, exacerbating inequalities and leaving the world’s most vulnerable populations most affected. Given their density and available infrastructure, refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) settlements can be particularly susceptible to disease spread. In this paper we present …

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New simulation model helps with COVID-19 planning in world’s largest refugee settlement 2

New simulation model helps with COVID-19 planning in world’s largest refugee settlement

Leading academics and data scientists from Durham University, UN Global Pulse (UNGP), WHO, UNHCR, and OCHA; as well as academics from Public Health England, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab have implemented an agent-based model to simulate the spread of COVID-19 in the Cox’s Bazar settlement, in Bangladesh. The …

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Data Science for Social Good: Philanthropy and Social Impact in a Complex World 3

Data Science for Social Good: Philanthropy and Social Impact in a Complex World

“Data Science for Social Good” is a collection of insights by thought leaders at first-mover organizations in the emerging field of “Data Science for Social Good”. It examines the application of knowledge from computer science, complex systems, and computational social science to challenges such as humanitarian response, public health, and sustainable development. The book provides …

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UX and Data Science: Human in the Loop 4

UX and Data Science: Human in the Loop

UN Global Pulse works with partners to deliver data-driven solutions to development, humanitarian, peace and human rights challenges. Some are digital products to empower our United Nations (UN) colleagues with actionable insight drawn from big data – such as PulseSatellite, which extracts information from satellite imagery for humanitarian use, and Operational Response Communication Analysis (ORCA), …

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Comparing Sources of Mobility for Modelling the Epidemic Spread of Zika Virus in Colombia 6

Comparing Sources of Mobility for Modelling the Epidemic Spread of Zika Virus in Colombia

Timely, accurate, and comparative data on human mobility is of paramount importance for epidemic preparedness and response, but generally not available or easily accessible. Mobile phone metadata, typically in the form of Call Detail Records (CDRs), represents a powerful source of information on human movements at an unprecedented scale. In this work, we investigate the …

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Understanding population movement from Venezuela to Brazil related to COVID-19 border closures 7

Understanding population movement from Venezuela to Brazil related to COVID-19 border closures

An estimated 5.4 million Venezuelans live abroad, with over 220,000 residing in Brazil as of 2019. Many Venezuelans cross regularly between these countries for economic or family reasons, but border crossings in both directions were restricted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Brazilian government considered reopening the border, UN Global Pulse teamed …

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